This is a lino-print I designed, cut and printed on a hand-press in my attic studio.
It is not a digital print but an original limited edition print produced by hand. I am only printing forty of these images.
Firstly I draw the image onto a piece of lino. Then I carefully carve it out, (loosing the odd finger in the process) before inking it with hand rollers using various linseed oil based printing inks. It is then placed flat on my press, covered with Somerset Satin paper and the mangle like roller of the press is turned...
I have never lost the excitement of pulling back the paper on the press to see what is there! Doing everything by hand produces unique images every time as tiny differences in ink used or the roller weight of the press can alter the outcome. This is especially true when using lots of colours as in the image here. Every print using this method can be quite different from the last.
Finally, in pencil, I sign it, adding the edition number and title.
The image size is 18 x 25cm which fits into a standard 30 x 40cm frame. And those bought from a certain Swedish store include perfectly proportioned mounts for this particular print too.
It comes sandwiched between boards and cellophane.
thanks for looking
Please note - the artist retains all reproduction and copyright of this work even when sold.
After "le Tour" came to town in 2014, our part of Yorkshire became flooded with cyclists all retracing the route through the Dales. They seem possess a wonderful sense of freedom, especially when cycling amongst the flower meadows with the radient sun on their bodies and the wind beating on their faces. It is such a happy, joyful, contented sight that I decided to capture it forever.
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